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NHL postpones at least three Devils games amid Covid-19 outbreak

The Devils’ next three games have been postponed because of a Covid-19 outbreak.

New Jersey Devils right wing Nathan Bastian looks on during the New Jersey Devils and Buffalo Sabres NHL game on January 31, 2021, at KeyBank Center in Buffalo, NY. Photo by John Crouch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The New Jersey Devils are nine games into the 2020 season but won’t play any more games this week. The NHL announced Monday that New Jersey’s next three games have been postponed because of a COVID-19, but the Devils could resume playing as soon as next week. This will depend on the status of the team’s outbreak.

Positive COVID-19 tests from Travis Zajac and Kyle Palmieri in recent days are believed to have caused several players to be placed on the COVID-19 list this week and prompted some rescheduling. Ten New Jersey players are currently on the NHL’s COVID-19 list. The group includes Zajac, Palmieri, Mackenzie Blackwood, Connor Carrick, Aaron Dell, Andreas Johnsson, Janne Kuokkanen, Michael McLeod, Sami Vatanen, and Pavel Zacha.

The Devils’ Tuesday and Thursday matchup against the Pittsburgh Penguins and Saturday matchup against the New York Rangers have been put on hold and will take place at a later date. If New Jersey is ready to play early next week, it will hit the ice on Tuesday to face off against the Penguins.